Covid-19: Cases surge by almost 60% from previous week, says Health DG

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 26,616 new Covid-19 cases were recorded in the 44th Epidemiological Week (ME 44/2022) from Oct 30 to Nov 5, an increase of 57.3% from the 16,917 cases in the previous week, says Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said local Covid-19 cases rose by 57.4% to 26,577 cases from 16,890 cases in ME43.

“Imported cases also increased by 44.4% from 27 cases to 39 cases.

“The number of deaths in ME44 increased by 45%, from 20 to 29 cases,” he said in a statement on Monday (Nov 7).

He said the average number of active cases daily in ME44 was 33,449 compared to 28,252 cases the week before, an 18.4% increase.

Dr Noor Hisham said between Jan 25 and Nov 5, 2022, there were cumulatively 923,538 new cases and 4,850,491 recoveries recorded.

There were 36,493 fatalities and 7,104 clusters recorded during this period, with 21 clusters still active.

Admission of Covid-19 patients to hospitals and Low-Risk Covid-19 Treatment Centres per 100,000 people saw an overall increase of 26.1%.

He said admissions for categories one and two, which are asymptomatic and symptomatic increased by 39.4% while those for categories three, four and five were up 37.4%.

Following the increase in Covid-19 cases as well as hospital admissions and reports of Omicron XBB subvariant cases in several states, Dr Noor Hisham advised the public to take preventive measures by wearing face masks and getting the Covid-19 vaccine or booster dose. – Bernama